GLADSTONE: From left, Lily Dykstra, 2, Lilly, 6, and Shari, 4, bring out the wet weather gear at Stepping Stones.
GLADSTONE: From left, Lily Dykstra, 2, Lilly, 6, and Shari, 4, bring out the wet weather gear at Stepping Stones. Jen Tybell

Heavy rain brings flood warnings

FLOOD warnings and pleas for motorists to drive safely were issued yesterday as Gladstone region and other Queensland areas received heavy rainfall.

Lady Elliot Island recorded 55.4mm between 12.01am and 3pm yesterday, while Eidsvold received 40mm from dawn to 3.15pm.

Gladstone recorded 40mm yesterday, as did Agnes Water and Yeppoon.

A Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said there were reports of up to 150mm rainfall at Springsure.

Gladstone Area Water Board chief executive officer Jim Grayson said there had been no discernible inflows from the current rains.

“As at this morning, Awoonga Dam is at 38.74 (89.41 per cent capacity), storing about 694,567 megalitres,” he said.

“The rainfall is, however, fairly consistent over the Boyne catchment. Generally, rainfall on the dam itself has minimal effect, but once the catchment becomes charged, the run-off is the major contributor to inflow. The current rains are charging the catchment which was already not as dry as recent years.”

Mr Grayson said if the current rainfall does not end up adding much to the dam, it will set the catchment up for strong run-off from later rainfalls in the next month or so.

 



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